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Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties formally adopt their Critical Area maps

November 6, 2017 by ESRGC

The Critical Area Mapping Update project is tasked with providing a seamless and consistent digitally accessible map of Maryland’s Critical Areas. Through a combined effort from Salisbury University, the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC), the Critical Area Commission (CAC), Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) there are now 6 counties with formally adopted Critical Area Maps. On November 1st, the Critical Area Commission members formally approved the Maps for Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties.   Previous counties that have completed the approval process include; Talbot, Baltimore, Calvert, and Prince Georges.  In addition to these counties, the Towns of Snow Hill and Princess Anne have chosen to update and approve their Critical Area maps before the county.

For the Critical Area Mapping Update project the ESRGC uses multiple datasets to digitize the shoreline and edge of tidal wetlands. Once the line work is completed the 1000ft Critical Area boundary is generated. Throughout the process there are numerous reviews with all stakeholders involved, including public information meetings where citizens can gain more information about potential map changes.

All of the formally adopted counties will be placed on the Maryland iMap site. The finalized Critical Area boundary maps along with other counties in the process can be viewed here: (http://webmaps.esrgc.org/cbca/desktop/Map). You can also use this web map to determine if your property is located in the Critical Area as long as your county is in the “Working draft map” stage.

If you have more questions regarding the mapping project or to better understand the Critical Area you can email Ryan Mello (rgmello@salisbury.edu) or visit the Critical Area Commission’s website (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/criticalarea/)

Critical Area Progress November 2017

Fall 2017 Intern Spotlight

October 9, 2017 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

 

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SU Students Present at MSGIC’s Summer Quarterly Meeting

August 1, 2017 by ESRGC

On July 21st, 2017 at the MSGIC Summer Quarterly Meeting, multiple Salisbury University Geography Undergraduates and Graduate students presented their research during a poster session.  MSGIC is the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee and their purpose is to promote efficient use of resources amongst all entities involved in the collection and/or use of spatial data and GIS technologies in Maryland.  MSGIC meetings are quarterly and focus on bringing together the private and public sector to improve GIS capabilities and encourage collaboration throughout Maryland.  The ESRGC’s technical director, Dr. Arthur Lembo encouraged students to present their various projects at the latest MSGIC meeting.

Noah Krach began his project on bathymetric mapping of Lake Victoria as an intern with Dr. Stuart Hamilton.  Noah is currently working on this project as a research assistant thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.  Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa by area and is the second largest lake by surface area in the world.  Historical maps and field readings were used to create the map.  The historical maps were georeferenced and the field surveys were loaded into ArcGIS using (X, Y) coordinates.  Initially Noah had to verify the accuracy manually, but once he learned SQL and was able to create statements the verification went much smoother.  The faster processing allows for easy updates to any new versions of this map.

Bathymetric Mapping of Lake Victoria, Africa (Noah Krach)

 

As an undergraduate student at Salisbury University, Jeremy Gencavage began work on flooding analysis for Ocean City, MD and presented at the Salisbury University Student Research Conference (SUSRC).  As a graduate student Jeremy continued working on this project with the help of the ESRGC and the State Highway Administration (SHA).  Jeremy used a risk assessment program, Hazards US (HAZUS) created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a network analysis to predict flood projections for Ocean City, MD.  In the beginning, Jeremy found complications with using this analyst because the flood model did not establish a Z value for elevation so bridges connecting the island were not correct.  After accounting for this error, Jeremy was able to use the network analysis along with the ESRGC’s 0, 10, 25 50, 100, and 500-year flood scenarios for Worcester County to determine vulnerable areas.  Jeremy’s analysis has real world application for other inhabited barrier islands and identifying their accessibility during various flood scenarios.

Network Analysis and Optimal Route Finding to Determine the Accessibility of Properties in Ocean City, MD Under Various Flood Depth Scenarios (Jeremy Gencavage)

 

Cody Garcia interned at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility as a GIS analyst in the Range and Mission Management Office.  During his internship, Cody was tasked with creating an application to be hosted on NASA’s GIS portal that would provide a common platform for multiple users to aid in the planning and coordination of launch operations at Wallops Island Flight Facility.  The first step in the project was to learn how the Range and Mission Management Office generated and displayed their geographic information.  Next, Cody used ESRI made widgets to augment NASA’s existing software.  Finally, Cody provided the framework and operational workflow for future developers to create their own custom made widgets to better suit NASA’s needs.  Through this internship Cody utilized ArcPortal, ArcGIS Enterprise, and ArcGIS Online to create this application.  Cody hopes that through this project other organizations and companies can use Arc GIS Online products to ensure reliable data quality and efficient time management.

Utilizing Web App Builder for ArcGIS at NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Cody Garcia)

 

Zach Radziewicz was hired by the Salisbury University Horticulture Department to maintain and manage their GIS.  Zach began this internship by expanding their geodatabase to include more features and more accurate information.  Zach has a graphic design background which assisted him in creating a highly detailed survey-grade base map for the SU horticulture department.  This internship has provided Zach with experience in geodatabase design, maintenance and application, field surveying, and producing visually appealing cartographic outputs.  In addition this project with the SU Horticulture Department has given Zach professional experience to use GIS to solve real-world problems.

Survey Grade Map of Salisbury University Horticulture’s Database (Zach Radziewicz)

 

 

For more information on joining MSGIC, check out their website: http://msgic.org/

Summer 2017 Intern Spotlight

June 30, 2017 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

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ESRGC Team meets with the Girls Innovation Academy

June 21, 2017 by ESRGC

On Tuesday afternoon the ESRGC hosted the Girls Innovation Academy summer camp.  The Girls Innovation Academy (GIA) is a three-week summer camp at Salisbury University for middle school girls and focuses on technology, communication, and leadership.  Dr. Lembo began the session with an overall discussion of the definition of GIS and its many benefits.  Afterwards the camp attendees broke off in to small groups and rotated through the ESRGC for a variety of topics.  Mary Buffington presented on the collection of data from aerial imagery and how it assists with mapping poultry houses and irrigation systems.  Erin Silva discussed a project with the Audubon Society where GIS is used to examine the Atlantic Coast in order to prioritize sites for conservation.  The GIA attendees met with Lauren McDermott to better understand how impervious surface is mapped using the data collected from points, line, and polygons.  Ryan Mello described the process of using aerial imagery and elevation data to map tidal wetlands for Maryland’s Critical Area.  Finally, the girls learned the importance and complexity of mapping utility line-work led by Katy Maglio.  The ESRGC team is honored to have been able to introduce the attendees of the Girls Innovation Academy to the benefits of GIS through real life projects.

Girls Innovation Academy in the ESRGC Lab

Dr. Arthur Lembo explaining, “What is GIS?”

Erin Silva showcasing the ESRGC’s project with the Audubon Society

Ryan Mello describing how geo-referencing works

Lauren McDermott discussing impervious surfaces

Katy Maglio presenting utility maps

Mary Buffington showing how aerial imagery assists in mapping for poultry houses

For more information on this summer camp check out their site:

http://www.salisbury.edu/cell/kids.html

Salisbury University student’s produce Smith Island Documentary, using ESRGC’s Sea Level Change data

May 19, 2017 by ESRGC

Salisbury University students, Arthur Lembo III and Holly Kapsimalis created Dessert Island, a documentary focusing on Smith Island and it’s future.  Although the documentary focuses on the Smith Island’s economy based on selling it’s famous cakes, the second half takes a look at the environmental issues of this Chesapeake island .  Our very own Dr. Michael Scott is interviewed to discuss sea level change and its effects on Smith Island.

Our housing study with Cambridge will be recognized at this year’s ESRI User Conference

May 10, 2017 by ESRGC

The City of Cambridge and Salisbury University will be jointly recognized with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the ESRI user conference in San Diego California in July for its pilot blighted housing study, which married ArcGIS and Survey123 software to effectively measure risk factors leading to eventual housing blight.

Salisbury University students identifying “blighted” houses in Cambridge

 

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May 2017 Intern Spotlight

May 1, 2017 by ESRGC

Each month, the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University will feature a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

 

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April 2017 Intern Spotlight

April 3, 2017 by ESRGC

Each month, the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University will feature a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

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March 2017 Intern Spotlight

March 3, 2017 by ESRGC

Each month, the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University will feature a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

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